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Ugandan Investigative Journalists Apparently Targeted By Pegasus

Ugandan Investigative Journalists Apparently Targeted By Pegasus

Some Ugandan investigative journalists have reported that they are being targeted by PEGASUS, an Israeli spyware firm, NSO Group. Apparently, Canary Mugume of NBS and Raymond Mujuni are victims of this among others.

Pegasus software, according to several reports, can infect both iPhones and Android devices. It allows operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras.

However, NSO Group said in its report that it only supplies Pegasus to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies from countries with good human-rights records.

There are numerous complaints though of how many countries are using this software to spy on opposition parties and investigative journalists to extract information.

Canary Mugume said his phone notified that “State-sponsored attackers may be targeting his Phone.”

“I keep receiving notifications of new messages on my telegram and Twitter but when I open the apps I see nothing, Experts say this is a sign of penetration. I don’t know why I’m being tapped. And I don’t know whether it has anything to do with my work. It doesn’t scare me, because I’m doing nothing wrong. It’s just wrong that the state taps information, invades my privacy illegally.”

Raymond Mujuni said though he had taken a step to secure all his gadgets, he has still fallen victim of spy attacks. However, he said if government wants to access information, it should do so legally.

“We have been able to see the local number associated with sending phishing text messages with links meant to corrupt our devices and trace it to its owner, a state agent. While government reserves right to intercept communications, it ought to do so through legal channels.”

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